How To Do Ambitious PhD Research And Succeed

Should you go for ambitious PhD research at the risk of failing and not publishing? You know a PhD should consist of innovative research. As everything innovative, there is a risk of failing. It’s part of the game. But let’s admit it, who wants to spend 4+ years on a PhD and walk away with […]

Quit A PhD? How To Go From Lonely To Invincible PhD Student

Feeling like a lonely PhD student sucks. You can feel lonely in a PhD even if you are in a large research group. Feeling lonely is not exclusive of distance PhDs. The annoying thing is that people don’t seem to get it. Friends and relatives say it will pass, that it will get better. On […]

3 Emotions That Make You Quit Your PhD (And How To Address Them)

PhD students do lots of stupid things. But when Jon told me how he planned to end his PhD I was shocked. I could not believe that a grown man with so much brain power could come up with such stupid decision. It hadn’t been easy for Jon. As I guess it was not for […]

7 Industry Careers For STEM PhDs

Most PhDs transition into an academic postdoc, even when they would rather transition into an industry position. They believe a postdoc is their only option. Their academic advisor and the entire academic system has led them to believe this is their only option. After all, a report by the Atlantic found that greater than 60% of PhDs […]

3 Ways You Will Fail At A Job In Industry After A PhD

Wrong expectations starting a job in industry after a PhD can lead to a huge disappointment. As many PhDs, you want to cross the bridge between Academia and industry, but do you know what it is like on the industry side? You have so many questions. What can I offer to industry? What does industry expect from PhD graduates? Will […]

23 Books That Fix 99% Of PhD Problems

You suffer some PhD problems. We all do. It’s not specific to you. And PhD problems come in many flavors. When somebody registers to the Next Scientist Newsletter, I ask them “Where are you struggling?”. These are some of the most common replies I get: My project proposal sucks. My supervisor sucks. My field of […]

16 Honest Hacks To Save $74,427 In Graduate School (And Still Enjoy Your Life)

Going to graduate school to do a PhD is absurdly expensive. In some countries you pay for it and when you finish you are the proud owner of a debt similar to that of a south European country. Some PhD graduates report being up to $225,000 in debt after their PhD. That’s insane!! In some other countries, […]

How To Stop Procrastinating And Build The Habit Of Writing

PhD productivity and academic writing. Who doesn’t want to get better at both? Olga Degtyareva is a PhD coach that specialises in productivity and beating procrastination. She has been coaching PhD’s and postdocs for many years. They all get fantastic results after working with Olga. I decided to interview her because she is launching her […]

3 Symptoms Of PhD Loneliness (And 5 Ways To Fix It)

PhD loneliness will hit you when you are working at midnight on some research topic nobody in your continent understands (or give a damn about) except for you. You are in a scientific micro-niche. So micro, you got nobody to talk with. And you feel alone. After all, you are born alone. You do a PhD […]

How To Avoid PhD Burnout In 10 Minutes

Last week I was close to a PhD burnout. I knew that if another shitty thing was to happen, I would snap. Have you ever put more on your plate than you could chew? And then, when you feel your mind is 100% busy with work projects, life decides to add more troubles to your […]